TTU and TVA Forge Stronger Ties Power Producer Gives $250,000 to Tennessee Tech

The nation's largest electricity producer, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has thrown a spark into its partnership with Tennessee Technological University.

TVA Chairman Craven Crowell recently presented the university with $250,000 to support teaching and research in Tennessee Tech's College of Engineering. With this donation, TVA established an endowment to support the development of TVA professorships in both mechanical and electrical engineering.

"These professorships will help Tech build on its already recognized excellence in power generation and power distribution, and they will help our Center of Excellence in Electric Power recruit and retain the best possible faculty," said Glen Johnson, Tennessee Tech's dean of engineering.

Johnson said Tennessee Tech will continue its strong tradition of working on power industry research, a field Crowell called "the largest research and development effort in the country.

"We'll be looking for Tennessee Tech to provide us with top notch recruits for our workforce," Crowell said. "Our workforce is maturing, and in ten years, we will be facing retirements that will leave spaces to be filled.

"Our support is motivated by the excellence of the university's engineering program and the TVA employees who are Tennessee Tech graduates," he said.